Social alumni

"The skills I learned during my time at Bain included tight project management and the capacity to quickly understand a company's financials and operations," says Mirjam Schöning, Global Head of Programs and Partnerships at the LEGO Foundation and former senior director of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship.

Schöning and other Bain alumni are changing what it means to be a leader in the social sector, thanks in part to their Bain experience. Take Adam Braun, founder of Pencils of Promise (PoP), a fast-moving organization that has built more than 200 schools in Laos, Ghana, Nicaragua and Guatemala in just a little over five years. Braun spent two years at Bain before founding PoP: "I realized that if I was going to start a successful nonprofit, I needed not only passion and high goals, but also the kind of business acumen and sophistication I could only get with Bain training."


Select Bain alumni leading notable organizations:


Roger Brown
President, Berklee College of Music

Elizabeth Clyma
Director and Program CFO, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Michael D'Auria
Associate Chief Operating Officer, Uncommon Schools (New York)

Daniel Etra
CEO, Rethink Autism

David Gilboa
Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Warby Parker

Margaret Groover-Roos
Founder/Executive Director, Viva el Español

Anabel Hoult
COO, Save the Children (UK)

Maggie McArthur-Davies
COO, Net Impact

Amy McIntosh
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, US Department of Education

Karen Hawley Miles
President and Executive Director, Education Resource Strategies


David Nahmias
Justice, Supreme Court of Georgia

Marco Petruzzi
CEO, Green Dot Public Schools

Marc Rahlves
COO, Nuru International

Ariela Rozman
CEO, TNTP

Jonathan Reckford
CEO, Habitat for Humanity

Thomas J. Tierney
Chairman and Co-Founder, The Bridgespan Group

Esther Hsu Wang
Founding Partner, IDInsight

Mary Kroupa Wells
Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Bellwether Education

Graham Wrigley
Chairman, CDC

Jeffrey Zients
Director, United States National Economic Council


Read profiles of some of our alumni who continue to make social impact after leaving Bain: